Cumberland Academy of Georgia, an Atlanta special needs school, is excited to welcome recently-retired Donna Lowry, Georgia’s only full time education reporter for 11Alive News, to address the graduating class on May 19.

May is a time for celebration as another group of students with Autism, Asperger’s and other learning disabilities graduates from Atlanta special needs school, Cumberland Academy of Georgia. The school specializes in providing a supportive and challenging environment to help students overcome unique educational, emotional and social obstacles, allowing students to achieve their full potential. The annual graduation ceremony is a hallmark moment for these students, teachers and families.At the ceremony on May 19, each of the graduates will proudly take the stage and speak in front of the audience about their experience at Cumberland, and what this milestone means for them.

“We feel learning public speaking is imperative to our students’ personal growth and academic development,” said Don Sasso, Cumberland Academy of Georgia Principal.”Each year our graduation gives a platform for students to practice their social and life skills”

This year, Cumberland Academy of Georgia is proud to welcome Donna Lowry from WXIA 11Alive News, the Atlanta NBC affiliate station. The only full time education reporter in the state, Lowry just announced her retirement on Friday. She created the award-winning Class Act and Class Notes segments, which air regularly on the program, acknowledging exemplary educators and great student achievements in the community. Since her start on 11Alive in 1986, Lowry has won multiple Emmy Awards and other honors for coverage of topics ranging from education and child care issues to child abuse and domestic violence. Cumberland Academy of Georgia is grateful Lowry will be giving the 2016 graduation speech, which will inspire and motivate the graduates, and all attending the ceremony.

“We are so excited for Donna Lowry to come to our school to speak to our students at graduation. Her dedication to recognizing and highlighting educational excellence in our community is inspiring to all of us at Cumberland,” states Debbi Scarborough, Founding Director at Cumberland Academy of Georgia. “The class of 2016 has worked hard to get to where they are today, and the students have amazing gifts and talents. We are incredibly proud of all of our students’ achievements, and we look forward to the wonderful things their futures hold for them.”

About Cumberland Academy of Georgia:
Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of students in grades 4 through 12 who have high-functioning Autism, Asperger’s, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. Cumberland was founded in 2007 by Debbi and Matthew Scarborough, and is a fully-accredited, independent, non-profit school that seeks to provide a safe and supportive academic atmosphere for its students. Cumberland accepts applications year-round. To schedule a family tour, please contact Terri Brooks, Director of Admissions at 404-835-9000 or email admissions(at)cumberlandacademy(dot)org.